Apple Prepares for 50 Billion App Downloads

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During Apple’s WWDC event in June last year, it was revealed the App Store had attracted 30 million downloads since it opened, a figure Apple has now revised as it closes into a monumental 50 billion downloads. As it often does when iTunes records a significant milestone, it’s offering a $10,000 gift certificate to the person who downloads the magic 50 billionth app.

In addition to this, it has released updated versions of its all-time top paid and free app lists, and they make for interesting reading, particularly as they emphasize what is by far the most popular genre of apps – games. Apple has separated the iPad and iPhone charts, and 19 of the top 25 paid apps for the iPhone are games, and 15 of the paid top 25 are games on the iPad. Games are far less prominent on the free app charts, with only six for the iPhone and seven for the iPad.

Unsurprisingly, there’s one studio which appears more than once in each list, and that’s Rovio. The Angry Birds developer pops up four times in the paid iPhone app chart, and five times in the paid iPad app list, outnumbered only by Apple itself. The top of the iPhone hasn’t changed since last year, with the top five – Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Doodle Jump, Cut the Rope, and Angry Birds Seasons – all staying in the same place. On the iPad, Pages, Angry Birds HD and Angry Birds Seasons HD also retain their top three positions.

Facebook sits at the top of the free iPhone app chart, and climbed from 17th to 6th this year on the iPad, while Skype has the number one position on the tablet, closely followed by The Weather Channel and Netflix.

It’s not clear how far we are away from the 50 billionth app download, but you can be sure it’ll be one of the talking points at this year’s WWDC, which is scheduled for 10 June.

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